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Officers find drugs inside house after SWAT response in Eau Claire

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- Police arrested a man for a probation violation and found drugs at a home after serving a search warrant early Monday morning.

Eau Claire police say they arrested Scott Ristow, 38, of Watertown at the scene. He was taken to jail. Officers responded after 2 a.m. Monday after a 911 call came in from a home on Elm Street. Dispatchers did not hear anyone on the other end of the call, but heard what sounded like a struggle, yelling, and someone saying "gun," "safe," and something about being tied up in the background. Officers set up a perimeter around the home, and called in a SWAT team. The Eau Claire County Sheriff's Office also responded with its armored vehicle. There were almost 10 people in the home, who told police they had been yelling at each other about cheating in a card game. Nobody was hurt, and nobody else was arrested at the scene.

During the response, investigators served a search warrant, and found meth and prescription medications among what they described as a large amount of different drugs in the house. They also found a .44 magnum revolver, and cash. Officers say they also found "evidence of other criminal activity" inside. A spokesman from the department did not elaborate.

The investigation is expected to continue through the week.


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